The Memory Paradox

The Memory Paradox.

Not all words get through.

2.5 million gigabytes of memory

count for nought if words are stopped at the gate

The meaning of ‘lambent, for instance,

or the tricky title

of that Tony Joe White song,

the best cover Elvis ever did.

Not even the name of the new friend we made

at Church last Sunday,

starting with J: Jordan? Josh? Jaidin?

My daughter doesn’t remember either.

Maybe it’s a family thing.

Why do some words get blocked, while millions of others

get through?

The mind has a mind of its own.

*pic courtesy of pinterest

25 thoughts on “The Memory Paradox

  1. Ha! I believe it, John. And mine thinks it knows better than me. It forgets things, and when I complain it says, “It was for sanity’s sake.” 😂 I love the ‘red rover’ reference. Oh, it’s been too long. Send the summer I was seven on over, while you’re at it.

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  2. The tip of the tongue phenomena plagues me too, and without fail at 2 in the morning the word will pop right into my head. I’ve been reading Lisa Genova’s book Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting. Interesting read.

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  3. I can so relate to this, John. My brain selects things it can’t be bothered to remember. Like the name of one particular neighbour. So embarrassing! But , since chemo, I forget words regularly as well. Often I can remember something that is almost the word in sound but unrelated in meaning. Like I was trying to remember the singer Beth Orton and I came up with Ruth Horton. 🤣

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